We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school. – Bruce Springsteen
Tonight, I was just playing around with iTunes and got an idea. So, I'm presenting a mix for fun. Each song listed below is exactly three minutes in length. 3:00. Period. Some of these songs are among the greatest songs of all time. Some are just favorites from my record collection. Enjoy!
Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
I Must Be High - Wilco
Sloop John B - The Beach Boys
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Warren Zevon
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night - The Electric Prunes
Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
634-5789 - Wilson Pickett
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
That Year - Uncle Tupelo
Worried Man Blues - The Carter Family
Seed Toss - Superchunk
Johnny Ryall - Beastie Boys
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Cut Flowers - The Smithereens
Settled Down Like Rain - The Jayhawks
Seein' Her - Paul Westerberg
Lost Love - Golden Smog
John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan
Rocket Fuel - Todd Snider
Wish You Were Here - Ryan Adams
Sukie In The Graveyard - Belle & Sebastian
Renovating - Buffalo Tom
Some observations -
Jeff Tweedy has a knack at writing a three-minute song! Represented by three songs on this list from three different bands he's been affiliated with throughout his career -- Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and Golden Smog -- Tweedy has the most songs by one single songwriter.
The Beatles are the most prolific at writing songs that clock in at exactly three minutes long! I didn't even include the songs "The Fool On The Hill," "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," "Love To You" or "I'm Only Sleeping." Astute readers may realize that three of the Beatles songs mentioned here in the post are from the same album, Revolver. However, it must be mentioned that depending on which mix of the album you listen to the lengths of the songs vary. The 2009 Stereo Remaster version of the album contains the three songs that clock in at exactly 3:00. However, the 1987 compact disc release and the 2009 Mono Master each differ slightly.
I'd like to hear some more! Please feel free to share the 3 minute records you have in your record collection in the comments section.